Re: Love or money?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Harry James <welshman@...> wrote:
> There is a whole separate issue, that of his letters. While
> thousands of discarded designs and finishing 700 or so he has hada
> voluminous correspondence with his customers. Many of his designshave
> involved almost a books worth of letters.Right you are Harry!
His letters alone, are not just about boat design either, but cover
an entire philosphy as well a historical period in American life and
boating across time and borders.
There could be a museum totally devoted to him and those whom he has
associated with. And it would be of interest to a broad spectrum of
the population. Of course there could be no better location than
It is too bad we seem to have to wait until a person is gone to
offer them the respect and recognition they should have been given
when still living.
I listened to a program on public radio where they had as guests two
archivests responsible for saving and cataloging significant
materials of all kinds for the province I reside in, and it was
pretty obvious how interested they were in their work. Stuff most of
us would find incredibley boring. And with present technology they
have some great tools and expertise to save and enhance old photos
and newspaper articles etc. They were being paid to do this from the
public purse but I think would do it for nothing if they had to. Was
quite a revelation for me.
And like they said. What is happening today, is tomorrow's history.
Why wait until a lot of it gets lost or damaged beyond recognition?
Maybe we could get a grant from Bill Gates. He owes us a favor:-)